Governor Rose Mofford Collection

A retired civil servant and politician, Rose Mofford was born in Globe, Arizona.

In her youth, Gov. Mofford was a talented athlete and a gifted student. In addition to being the the valedictorian of her 1939 graduating class, she was also the first female class president in Globe High School’s history. Around this time, Gov. Mofford turned down an opportunity to play basketball with the All-American Red Heads, one of the first professional women’s basketball teams. At age seventeen Rose began her career in the historic Gila County Courthouse building (now the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts) working for Gila County Recorder, Ed Flannagan.

Later, Rose became the secretary to State Treasurer, Joe Hunt. From here she began to work her way up through the ranks to become Arizona’s first female Secretary of State, a position she served for 11 years. Her work and dedication to serving the people of Arizona resulted in her becoming the first female and 18th Governor of Arizona. Since leaving office, Rose has dedicated time to civic and charitable activities. She was named 2011 “Woman of the Year” for the State of Arizona and remains our hometown heroine.

The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, with the help of The City of Globe, is pleased to host this sampling of history and gracious gifts to Rose throughout her civic career. The collection is open most days from 10 am – 5 pm Sundays 12 – 4 pm.